There's something about holidays that make us want to put on our aprons and get baking like we're Nigella Lawson. If you're after an animal friendly sweet treat for Halloween this year, why not try to make your own vegan cupcakes?!
The best thing about them, besides the tasty toppings, all of your friends can enjoy them regardless of whether they are vegans, veggies or meat-eaters. It's a win-win really. We've opted for a vegan chocolate cupcake recipe this Halloween.
150g/5oz self-raising flour
150g/5oz brown sugar
25g/1oz cocoa powder (check ingredients label to make sure you get the vegan friendly one!)
1/4 teasp salt
240ml/8fl.oz. water (or pineapple juice to make them a bit sweeter and moist)
30ml/1 fl.oz. vegetable oil
1 tbsp vinegar
1 teasp. vanilla Extract
1. Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4 and place 12 paper fairy cake cases on a baking tray.
2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. Make a well in the centre then add the remaining "wet" ingredients. Mix well then beat with a wooden spoon until smooth.
3. Three quarters fill the paper cases with the mixture and bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Next up is the fun part: decorating time! There are loads of vegan icing recipes to choose from on the web if you don't have a favourite already - just take a look at this vegan buttercream recipe. Happy baking!
[Image source - Not actual cupcakes]